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Film noir is one of the most known genres of American film history, was very present in the 1940s. The film 'The Maltese Falcon' from 1941 is considered the first example of the genre which is associated with detective stories, shadows and women, who predict the demise of the main character - a so-called 'femme fatale'. Another famous film in this genre is 'Double Indemnity' from 1944, directed by the Austrian-Hungarian director Billy Wilder. In 'The Big Sleep' from 1946, Humphrey Bogart plays the detective Philip Marlowe.